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romney took control of the debate. he was dynamic, informed and very much on his game. and the president was not. he looked tired, he was not on top of the issues. even before the debate was over, the verdict came pouring in. romney won. and this morning, virtually every headline, every pundit left and right gives a strong edge to the governor. but the new york times just couldn't bring itself to admit their guy had a bad day. they hedged. obama and romney spar over fixing the economy, they said. well, dare i call this a romney rally? i will tell you that stocks will open up today. the day after the romney win. "varney & company" is about to begin. you'd be targeting stocks to trade. well, that's what trade architect's heat maps do. they make you a trading assassin. trade architect. td ameritrade's empowering web-based trading platform. trade commission-free for 60 days, and we'll throw in up to $600 when you open an account. >> october 4th, a lot happened during last night's debate. we have 90 minutes worth of back and forth to choose from. we will pick only the best moments for you. m
with a shock wave of the romney victory in last night's presidential debate in denver. dominating throughout, governor romney may well have turned the race for the white house, an entirely new and unexpected direction. president obama is tonight seemingly less the object of sympathy than the target of harsh criticism from left wing of luminaries upset with his lackluster and at times seemingly detached performance. the new york times today wrote, there are two more chances for the president to change tactics were to at least show up to the debate. president xanax just doesn't cut it. the "washington post" has written, if the obama campaign was worried about them is being overconfident going into the final stretch, tonight should allay those fears. chris matthews wind, where was obama tonight? well, his nbc colleague ed schultz admitted he was absolutely stunned by the president's dismal performance. michael moore tweeted, is bill clinton coming into some? wakeup. john mccain. the republican national committee seized on governor romney's dominance in the evening sky and the president's princi
awe with this debate. nothing that i expected, did mitt romney win the debate or obama lose the beabt? >> both. i thought the president was unfocused, he was, at times, not clear in the answers, but governor romney showed me during a side of the personality not seen before. he was likable, yes, but decisive, clear, and he moved to the center appealing to inexcellents and moderates. gerri: showing up in the numbers too. steven, you were on hand for for obama today, what did they say? >> they took 12 hours to figure out what the spin was because it was not ready last night. they were late getting to the spin room last night in denver. they settled on a line which was mitt romney might have looked good and sounded good, but everything said was false. he was lying one after another after another. what was interesting on the conference calls, they didn't give much supporting evidence. it's one thing to make the claim, but another to support it in a way to convince the people you're listening to. president obama might be able to do that on the campaign trail talking to partisan democratic a
deal this week in the first presidential debate when governor romney said this -- >> what would i cut from spending? obamacare is on the list. i use that term with all respect. i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs and other things. i love pbs and big bird, and i actually like you, too. lou: president obama not able to resist since then referring to big bird yesterday and today, and here's what he said. >> for all of you moms and kids out there, don't worry, somebody's finally getting tough on big bird. [cheers and applause] rounding him up. elmo's got to watch out too. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild, but he's bringing the hammer down on "sesame street," it makes sense. lou: the president was trying to make a joke, but, mr. president, wait a minute. turns out big bird is deserving of considerable public attention. upon further investigation, it appears the last thing the president should be doing is to minimize what's happening to the taxpayer money because of big bird, all his friends like elmo and jim lehrer. the president should be paying attention to the count to
romney overwhelmingly one the presidential debate, by a historical margin. the impact of his victory is driving governor romney's poll numbers radically higher. this brand-new poll from the pew research center six ohs governor romney nationally jumping to a four-point lead over president obama. that represents a 12-point swing from just a month ago. and according to the new survey from the left leaning website, politico, governor romney extended his lead amongst independents. the republican nominee now leads president obama by 16 points in a key demographic. governor romney's lead there was only four points a week ago. parenthetically in 2008, president obama when the independent vote by eight points over john mccain. we will take all of that up here tonight with fox news senior political analyst, brit hume, congressional candidate mia love and the a-team tonight is brad blakeman, judith miller, and james freeman. the obama white house is caught up in a torrent of questions about its response. the last ones about the terrorist attack in benghazi. charges of cover-up and incompetence
recovery either. stuart: okay, governor romney in the debate looked right into the camera and he gave his five point plan. i'm sure you were watching, i'm sure you heard it. what do you think about his plan for growth, growing the economy? >> it's more than doable. in fact, you know, if you look, his effort to try to create 12 million new jobs, the truth is, if this president's recovery was just average, 4 million more people would be going to work rather than looking for work. if it had been a reagan level recovery, more than 6 million people would be going back to work. so, what governor romney is proposing as a recipe for economic growth, i think, not only will work, but will hit the numbers he believes it will. stuart: all right. kevin brady, republican congressman, thanks as always for joining us, thank you very much indeed, sir. >> thank you, stuart. stuart: i'm just going to repeat some of the numbers we received about an hour and five minutes ago. important numbers that are raising a lot of questions this morning. number one, the unemployment rate came down to 7.8%, number two, we
in the polls. the romney camp plays down expectations for next week's debate. some predictions. welcome to "the willis report." but, everybody. i'm lori rothman in for gerri willis perry the recovery is flat lining. the jobless rate has been about 8% for more than three years. but president obama is getting a well timed bump care of the labor department. bystanders showing more jobs have now been created and lost since the president took office. does this hurt mitt romney's argument? let's ask former republican governor mike huckabee of arkansas. it is wonderful to have you. >> great to be here. lori: what do you think of this jobs revision? it seems to be a nice boost for obama. >> if he is looking for anything, this is the lifeline he has. the fact is, of the jobs that have been created are jobs that are being created at a much lower pay scale than the jobs that people lost. some 30% lower. the fact that people have got a job does not necessarily mean they're better off. the key thing is that median household income is down by more than $3,000. that is the real issue. lori: median incomes, ta
this. this could be mitt romney's debate the capital one cash rewards card gives you a 50% annual bonus. and everyone, but her... likes 50% more cash. but, i have an idea. do you want a princess dress? yes how about some cupcakes? yes lollipop? yes! do you want an etch a sketch? yes! do you want 50% more cash? no you got talent. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card. with a 50% annual cash bonus it's the card for people who like more cash. what's in your wallet? i usually say that. neil: as head of the nonstop business coverage ahead of the debates i can now pass along my conclusion. the challenger it matters a lot. the one chance he has to share the same stage with the president. advantage mitt romney eye-to-eye with the presidents. ameritech and see the president they know or that one standing next to him is the one the want to know. is from may up to the challenge dismissing the attacks that the fall the challenger? that is why a president of there it is up to the challenger to let fleeing this same again as ronald reagan did or confirm as in many thought he beat georg
? >> no, it just means -- [inaudible]. a failure at the debate last night would have killed romney. no, it just means he's back in business. we know that -- needs a shot of coffee or something, that the president needs to come back. dagen: you let your opponent think you are kind of -- and second debate your opponent is too confident and you come back -- i'm just saying. >> what you are saying -- i don't know where you got this, but this is what i told my wife last night, you wait before this 90 minutes is over, he's got a whopper, and before i knew it, it was all over and i never saw the whopper. dagen: the whopper i'm saying will be the second debate. >> no, you don't take gambles like that. that's not well thought out. there's no rhyme or reason for a person as talented and knows the facts, he's on the campaign trail, he is good, good, good, and mitt romney, you know, was very low expectations, very few things that he says is the same as what he said before. he's been inconsistent. but i've always said mitt romney comes out of central casting. a class b movie actor, give him any scr
think? no one disputes that mitt romney won the debate. and typically, you know, people were telling me, they feel as good as they've felt throughout this entire process. >> by the way, i thought, if i may paraphrase myself, a miracle on the debate i thought it was a great formative wonderful debate except for the omission of the fiscal debate, but i'm not concerned how much he raises, i want to him to show his guts, in his heart. if he doesn't have 100 million more, he can still win as long as he shows what's in his heart. >> i tell you what though, adam they expect a whole-- they probably spent more time on this presidential campaign, both candidates going for the walls instead of for the soul so far. >> and there's no question that there's plenty of people who want to give money to defeat president obama and seeing the debate the other night and believing again perhaps that mitt romney has the chance to do it, i would agree that that will help his fund raising and sorry to say, ben, the money does matter. it matters in our-- >> well, i will tell you, adam, some of romney's big fundra
the first presidential debate? president obama holding the money edge for now, but governor romney's performance might change the game. >> charlie, you followed the numbers, what do you think? >> well, i can tell you, romney campaign denied what i'm going to tell you right now, but i know it's true. i got it from people inside the campaign and not the spokesman, it is that whole numbers, uneven sort of you know, performance on the campaign trail the last couple of weeks. big money that was committed to mitt romney was start to go move elsewhere, starting, beginning of a trend, moving to the senate. >> congressional, yeah, yeah. >> no doubt that was happening. they're hoping that the people inside the campaign raising money in major states are hoping this debate performance will turn things around. i could tell you, it was jazzed up yesterday and jazzed up after the debate. i can't tell you whether it worked yet, we'll know by monday. >> they're saying that they were getting two donations every second after the debate. so they're saying that they're doing well. and there are limits
obama well he better look out, welcome i am liz mcdonald in for neil cavuto, mitt romney's debate performance erasing the president's lead according to gallup, republican contendor now five points behind going into next debate, both nominees are dead even. a new pew poll, showing mitt romney, jumping 4 points ahead. to pat goodell, a game changer, thank you for joining us, what do you make of this idea. do the debates matter or not in chances of someone winning the election? >> they do matter a great dial, this is biggest single debate in helping a candidate since ronald reagan. it was one debate, in carter in '76 they proved people were comfortable to him becoming president. less:liz: said no more presidel debates. >> that is right, until 1976, i remember i went did the research, getting ready for 76 debate, i assume like everyone else legend was that kennedy won first debate big and moved polls a lot, he had not, he moved them a few points but he got what i call credibility threshold. the reason that romney is doing so well, not vote numbers alone. he did was, you could see it
. that is a big one. don't miss it. now to our top story, was it a slam dunk for mitt romney? following his debate performance last night many critics pegging him the winner. seems early for that. was it strong enough to gain lasting momentum until the election? here to break it down, fox news contributor, former senior advisor to president george w. bush karl rove. thank you so much for coming back on the show, carl. >> you bet. thank you for having me. melissa: the big question, does it all translate into votes? what do you think? >> typically a strong debate performance in the first debate does translate into a an improvement in the numbers for a particularly for a challenger. how big a an improvement depends upon the arc of the entire debate series. we won't know exactly until the final debate. if you look at it in seven out of the last nine presidential debates series, the challenger party has benefited, the incumbent party benefited in two of nine. how big the advantage gets to be depends upon the arc of the entire debate performance but the first sets tone. i think the tone was set quite we
of likely voters think that president will win this first debate, and 41% think that romney will win. joining me now, ed klein, author of "new york times" best seller "the amateur." great to see you, this is cute, the downplay, one of these, i can't think of another moment of modesty on the part of this president other than this example of trying to manage expectations. >> the golden-floated orator is bumbling,. lou: the idea he is such a heavy favorite to win the debate, that has to work in governor romney's favor. >> almost 6 out of 10 americans think that obama will take this debate, romney goes in as under dog with low expectations, if he does well, he will exceed those expectations. i think he has a good chance of winning this debate. lou: what about, you made it clear, you are not overly impressed with the mr. obama's capabilities, he is no bill clinton in that regard. hollywood will be prompter-free. >> we've seen obama say there are 57 states in the union, then he goes, some kind of -- takes over his face, and it looks like he is caught in the lights like a deer. when he does
in governor romney's favor. >> almost 6 out of 10 americans think that obama will take this debate, romney goes in as under dog with low expectations, if he does well, he will exceed those expectations. i think he has a good chance of winning this debate. lou: what about, you made it clear, you are not overly impressed with the mr. obama's capabilities, he is no bill clinton in that regard. hollywood will be prompter-free. >> we've seen obama say there are 57 states in the union, then he goes, some kind of -- takes over his face, and it looks like he is caught in the lights like a deer. when he does not hit the ball in the sweet spot, he starts to crumble a little bit. because, the facade is so important to him. lou: you think that --- who is more gaffe prone? who has do you think the greater likelihood of committing, well significant mistake. >> i am sure romney does not offer $10,000 bet. lou: i remember governor perry's face. >> obama will have to think how many books do i have to sell to make $10,000. lou: did you see the pictures, sitting with a big wad of cash in his hand, president
night debate. a look at romney's plan. what gets cut and where the revenue would come from. lori: let take a look at metals like we do every day at this time. silver is also gaining ground. copper is flat. i think people feeling better about the economy. gold is a precious metal trade. we will be back with more after this. ♪ ♪ melissa: one of the hottest topics in last night's debate was taxes. especially that romney's plans. he has answered some of his critics giving other details of his plans. rich edson is in washington with more on this story. this was one of the big talking point last night for sure. >> yes, it really was. he is leaving most of the details of to congress. predicting what it would actually do. here is what we do know, romney reduces taxes by cutting marginal rates by 20%. repealing the amt. the tax policy center says all that means is tax cuts of $480 billion in the year 2015. the obama campaign will divide that by ten and there is a $5 trillion tax cut figure over the next decade the president repeatedly cited during the debate. that is misleading. romney say
and the romney debate coming up tonight. we have a lot of things going on the market held up quite well given all that. seems like everything is priced in. everything is status quo. we'll see. it could be a big game-changer especially tonight. >> larry shoafer at the cme. thanks, larry. lauren: let's go downtown to choke in with nicole petallides at the new york stock exchange. sherwin-williams hitting record highs once again today. >> that's right. it is a great stock to look at, hit a new record high this year. hear is the post for the trade. it was up almost 3% this year. this has been moving to the upside on the heels of the rise we've seen in existing home sales last month. that has given a boost to some of these housing-related stocks but sherwin-williams has been a great performer. year to date it is up almost 70%. some of the colors are lucky green, and gulf stream blue. as you know sherwin-williams can be for your home, for your car, for your boat and even your plane. lauren: nicole, if you only saw the colors on my walls, very interesting. not many of them because i live in manhattan. d
and the president has to be held to account at the debates. even though this is a domestic debate wednesday, romney should question him on it. lou: your thoughts? you get the last word. >> i've been in des moines, iowa there, and people there are frustrated about what's going on in washington. they believe the administration's covering this up. they don't want white wash, but want answers. president's phenomenontures could tumble if they are not forthcoming and honest about what happened in benghazi. i think president obama's fortunes go lower opposed to up in the next days to come. lou: thank you very much. >> thank you. lou: much more on the obama administration's involving narrative, if you will, later, we take that up with the a-team. governor romney is a clear underdog right now, so why won't the liberal media call him just that? an underdog. could it be because voters love an underdog? we'll take a look at histories november surprises. the prints presses running over time. wall street loves it. the economy, apparently, needs it, and with the easy money, we couldn't poly did over the cliff, co
know, governor romney came into the debate to prosecute a case against the president. i think what was surprising was how much time mitt romney spent on the defensive tonight over his $5 trillion tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. he can't explain the budget math. that tax cut for millionaires and billionaires -- neil: he said it's not $5 trillion by the way. here's my thought. i don't know who's right, by the way, but i have a question for you. how does that register back to average folks at home? is to, is not, is to, is not. does that leave folks confuse the like what the hell is this? >> well, you've seen the polling, the "wall street journal" nbc poll last week saying the american people side with the president on taxes, and they think it's crazy mitt romney is raising taxes on the middle class family with kids di $2,000 to pay for $5 trillion tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires. neil: well, he said that's not the case. i know where we go on this. do you think the president's blows were as many as romney's blow? i mention this because they go through, we'll give
of the fact that mitt romney had that debate to get ready for this call just to get the republican nomination. this president, largely on challenge and we know from this experience that first debate in particular was very unnerving to president bush when the guy was getting in his face and not necessarily being differential. that is a tough issue for presidents to have to face the challenger. >> he handles it pretty well. gerri: we will see. i think he gets easily take off, and that might or might not help. something is going to rattle the other guy. his response to the other guy's charges, you know, silly guys like me will be talking about it. we will see. it's still early. gerri: let me tell you. your coverage of the conventions was fantastic. my expectations were higher than they are for mitt romney. we're going to talk to the co-founder of home depot. >> sarah palin will be joining us. as you know, and you have been championing -- champ in in this like nobody's business. he wants to make it front and center in the debate tonight. indications are that it will be. that should suit him just
agree romney crushed in the debate but will it add up to votes? karl rove here to break it down. >>> money tonight, gas shortage in california. prices skyrocket. stations close. will it spread across the country? we have details. >>> i'm getting serious about the saving the post office. i'm the turnaround specialist who can avoid a $11 billion default. i'm offering my services to the postmaster general. he is here in a fox business exclusive. even when they say it's not you know it is always about money. melissa: first let's take a look at the market headlines. all three major indices close in the green. all 10 sectors in the s&p finished on the plus side for a fourth straight day of gains. cisco names new number two. gary moore named president and chief operating officer. ceo john chambers says he will stay in his position between two and four more years. jobless claims rose slightly this week, climbing by 4,000 to 367,000. we're all going to be watching tomorrow morning when the government releases its monthly unemployment numbers for september. that is a big one. don't miss i
♪ ♪ imus in the morning ♪ >> oh, what a difference a debate can make, romney gets a bounce. good monday morning, everyone, five days after the debate and gallup gives mitt romney a 5 point rebound. there are 29 days to the election and rasmussen puts romney in the lead in florida and he has fresh numbers for us today. and there's no retreat. regular averages 4.66. the formerly golden state people, the drivers there are paying $100 a fillup. governor brown wants a cheaper, but dirtier gasoline blend. good news for socialists all over the world, hugo chavez wins in venezuela. they haven't run out of other people's money just yet. markets down, romney is called a liar and "varney & company" is about to begin. >> good morning, "varney & company" viewers, today is monday, october the 8th. the big story less than 30 days from the election, let's see where the candidates are at the polls right now. gallup today, this poll for the first three days after the debate. romney and obama tied at 47 among registered voters. before the debate. obama in this poll had a five point lead and mitt r
next. and just how big is mitt romney's post debate bounce? and will it get even bigger? or political panel reacts. also, at diving into an explosive debate over working women and motherhood. they have to choose between family and career? hear what our panel of powerful women have to safe. we're on the case nex gerri: guess prices shooting a 18 sets this week alone, closing in on a gerri: extreme pain at the pump for california drivers. gas prices hitting record highs this week. a gallon of regular unleaded at $4.49 per gallon comparing to the nationwide average of $3.709. one of the many reasons, a southern california refinery suffering a massive power outage. now is back up and running. don't expect prices to come down anytime soon. there is now talk of a gas shortage. with more, john hofmeister, former ceo of shell oil company and founder of citizens for affordable energy. welcome back to the show. this feels like the 1970's all over again. shortages. why -- lines to your local station. what is going on? how do you explain this? >> well, first of all, let's remember, californians o
in the polls evaporate if the first presidential debate where mitt romney emerged as the clear winner. what does obama's less than stellar performance me for the vice-presidential debate thursday? joining me now, board member of the wall street journal. always great to have you with me. on set. i feel so special. let's look at some of the polls. from the closing the gap, and there are arrange this show romney really doing better. gallup, rogers, rasmussen, by 5%, 3%. that is statistically significant. >> this is what you call a bounce. boy, was it. i mean, look, he cleaned up. now, of course obama will have two more chances. a total of three debates, but i think that the debate was important for two reasons. one, mitt romney looked presidential. he looked like he can play the part, and that was important. he was -- he was more up to speed on the issues that barack obama was. gerri: the guy who's running the country did not seem able to counterpoints. >> right. obama could not get past the sound bites. now, i am old enough to remember when walter mondale beat ronald reagan in the first debat
presidential debate. the we've shown you the headlines. the media has not stopped piling on romney. and we'll ask pat caddell, he says they're ruining the country. the democrat we had on yesterday said this. >> generally what happens in the first debate is the challenger succeeds. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. governor of getting it done. you know how to dance... with a deadline. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. this is awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is, business pro. yes, it is. go national. go like a pro. >> and norquist threw
romney meeting on stage for the first presidential debate of 2012. despite the best efforts stations is running high. tonight trends out to be the culmination of weeks of verbal sparring between the campaigns and conflict and contradiction within the of -- obamacare pain itself. robert and stephanie better contradicted each other this morning low trying to defend and diminish the impact of vice president joe biden three marks. telling reporters the middle-class has been buried over the last four years not even aware obama was leading the nation and robert gibbs said he was referring to damage the bush had caused. >> we had eight years of terrific decisions, wall street rate teeing its own rules that took place four years ago of which we had to dig out from each day. be clear. the middle-class was buried for a lot longer than we were dealing with bad economic decisions. lou: stephanie cutter contradicted trying to spin them out of the last four years telling another network we're absolutely not we made our predecessors by any means. three days after david axelrod and senior advisor to
how big is mitt romney's post debate bounce? and will it get even bigger? or political panel reacts. also, at diving into an explosive debate over working women and motherhood. they have to choose between family and career? hear what our panel of powerful women have to safe. some juice! woman: it's gonna be good! she's excited. little bit of kale. please don't put this online. woman: i'm putting it all over the line! it's wet. it needs something. no, it'll go. woman: don't break my juicer! looks good. you ready to try it? woman: come on, baby! announcer: challenge your kids to be active and eat healthy. it's ok. it's ok! all right! announcer: they might surprise you. she took another sip. you saw it? announcer: search "we can" for more ideas on how you and your kids can get healthy together. gerri: guess prices shooting a 18 sets this week alone, closing in on a gerri: extreme pain at the pump for california drivers. gas prices hitting record highs this week. a gallon of regular unleaded at $4.49 per gallon comparing to the nationwide average of $3.709. one of the many reasons, a so
% for romney, among likely voters, within the margin of error. there's a lot of debate over whether these debates can make a difference in these elections. looking in history, they have in in the past. in 1960 they helped john kennedy overtake richard nixon. 1980 helped reagan over take carter. 2000 helped bush overtake gore. romney was behind in 02 race for governor in massachusetts, he was trailing badly six weeks before the election. the campaign reorganized, romney pulled his advisors together. they decided on a new strategy which was to get tough and get specific and romney went on to win that 2002 race for governor in massachusetts. so we will see if he can repeat history here with these debates starting tonight. dagen and connell? connell: peter barnes reporting from denver for us. let's go to ron paul now, republican congressman from texas and former presidential candidate himself. he's calling in today on the telephone from texas. congressman paul, always good to talk to you. if a paul supporter is watching the debate tonight and needs to be convinced by romney, what does r
the debate he is a winner. >> for mitt romney he has to change the narrative. he has to give people to say, let me take a second look at mitt romney. he is not the guy i thought i had experienced. melissa: ed, what do you think mitt romney's strengths are from a debate perspective. >> he is smart as whip. he can think quickly on his feet. he understands all all numbers and analysis and theory behind everything is is proposing. so i think i'm sure he was debating champion in school. melissa: yeah. >> i expect him to do well. but i think the president is equally sophisticated and capable on that dimension. melissa: paul, you make a great point. people in the audience are watching the guy not talking. what are some of the things we're watching out there they should be aware of? >> how much attention they pay to each other versus their notes. you will be watching the ability to smile when a jab is thrown. melissa: right. >> instead of reacting negatively. i think you will be looking for after fa billty. that sense this is a real person, both side. they know in advance the jabs that will come b
-stakes of the first debate has candidates leaving. nothing to chance. president obama and governor romney racing to get in last minute prep before going face-to-face first debate next wednesday in denver that is. what should we expect? let's ask bill kristol, editor of "the weekly standard" and byron york, chief political correspondent for the "washington examiner". welcome to you both. byron, i'll start with you. what does romney have to do to show up roads in here. even voters say they don't expect him to win? >> well the thing, he has to do the same thing he had to do all along which present himself as a good alternative to the president who will take the country in a different direction than the president and can point out the numerous flaws in the president's record. i mean, i wonder whether romney has actually been preparing too much. he has been doing enormous amount of this stuff. he did a unabout much of debates in the republican primaries. it got to where he was quite sharp. whether he is lost his edge by now i don't know. gerri: bill, you've been very critical of romney saying that in
's going to happen after the debate is that all the romney and obama forces come out in droves to tell you how brilliantly each side did while before the debate, up until now, they say each side is essentially an idiot. they can't debate, barely walk, talk, and chew gum at the same time. that's called lowering expectations. who can blame them? i built a career on it. this guy didn't have to do that. one of the most widely respected figures in washington. he is many say of national to denver himself. he could be in the presidential circle, senator john thune. good to see you, senator. >> good to see you and be with you as always. neil: i covered a few debates. we're going into them, each guy sells their guy to the closest thing as an idiot, and no matter how poorly he did, he's a genius. >> right. neil: what are we to derive from that? >> well, this has become, and i think it's partly fueled by the media -- neil: here we go, sorry. >> the expectations game, neil. i think both sides want to exceed examinations, obviously, and when they go into a debate, it's not so much about beating the oth
before the debate. he had a fallout and not working for team romney. i feel he were but maybe the governor doesn't need the advivise. rst half hour is absolutely crucial. the people watch the debate conform to the begining of the show. later on and what ecends to confirm. coming out very strong early taking it right to the president and investing in the second person. forget about the moderator. mr. president of the freighter policies he failed. what is worst ever continue in the past we will be even worse off. gerri: i hate it when people ignore the journalist and the room. >> i said this. he was really -- in this case one would not dream of doing this. in terms of my advice to mitt romney. gerri: you can bothagree. this to say about what needs to happen. >> governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage as the president of the united states ad people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. this campaign, i think you'll e the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. gerri: i have to tell you, a is there a magic rese
on the numbers that are out there. that will be the debate. lori: this is romney's last and final chance to convince us. do you agree? lou: not all the time is the first debate the most highly rated. most of the time, that is so. there will be a vice presidential debate. in 1984, it was the second debate between ronald reagan's that got a lot more attention. what happened is ronald reagan's stumbled badly in that first debate. some even said at that point he was too old to be president. he comes roaring back in the second debate with that famous line i will not hold my opponent youth and inexperience against him. hard to say. you know, how this plays out. i think it is very obvious. the pressure is on mitt romney to deliver the goods. he obviously had satisfied. he knows what he is talking about. the problem is, he has sounded very callous, very distant. the 47% think, however, you could argue it made him look indifferent. almost -- i do not think that was his argument. he has an initiative to say i can but i kind face on what will be a smaller government. does he have that? melissa: i w
from the first debate and now going to express the opinion, no matter how good governor romney does, the mainstream media will call it a victory for president obama, or a flat-out gap loss for mr. romney and joe trippi joins me now. you're not going to contest my opinion, are you, joe, that the mainstream media is firmly behind a second obama term? you're not going to give me an argument, are you? >> i'm not going to argue with you about where the media is it on this. i think, look, if romney gasps the media is going to jump all over it. and you know, so, i think if he has a good performance, stuart, i do disagree. generally what happens in the very first debate, if the challenger succeeds, and part of the reason is, just being on the same stage with the president of the united states with such a huge audience, i mean, there is no filter between, during the debate. there's no filter between what romney is satisfying and what the american people are seeing, that generally, i worked for walter mondale in 1984, everybody believed he did very, very well in the first debate against reaga
class. what's your explanation. >> well, i mean, that's the debate between governor romney and president obama. i mean, you're right. and that's the middle class is really struggling. something that's been true really for 30 years, when you look past what's happened in the middle class the last 30 years, it's basically treading water and it's gotten much tougher in the past four years, and this big debate between the two sides is whether it was, the bush policies, that preceded that president obama that was a major contributing factor or is-- a the romney campaign is trying to argue with the stimulus measures and other steps that the obama administration took. >> well, congressman, what is going to get us out of it? do you think that of continued policy of raising taxes on the rich, that's the policy. a continued regulation, under obamacare, and financial reform, continued regulation, higher taxes, and do you think that will pro he dues growth in america's economy? >> no, not at the time. the basic debate here in my view is, is political dysfunction in e should be dealing with the debt a
massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues, and it will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six, roughly 15 minute segments with two minute answers segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections, and for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments, as i announced in advance, will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the role of government and governing with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, boos, hiss among other noisy, distracting things so we may all concentrate on what the candidates have to say. there is a noise exception right now, t
the debate. this is not a make or break moment for mitt romney. he needs to do well. but this thing is still doable. neither candidate wants to brag about how good of a debater they are. gerri: in fact, they are lowering expectations across the board. he says i'm an okay debater, mitt romney says i'm working on not losing. what do you make of that? >> it's pretty funny. here is the reality. mitt romney has a herculean task in front of him. he is being asked to do in one month when he hasn't been able to do in one year, and that is to get enough voters to like him and trust him. anyone is going to see anything about these two guys tomorrow that they don't already believe or think about them. it is a reinforcement of her more than anything. gerri: it is interesting that chris christie, the governor in new jersey says, thursday morning from the world will be a different place. mitt romney is going to come across strong. you believe that? >> one guy didn't get the memo about lowering expectations. [laughter] this is a big moment for mitt romney. i disagree that everything is baked in the cake. i
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